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Bad quality, bad construction, looks like a cheap knockoff.
on November 16, 2011
I purchased this Columbia Steens Mens Small Navy sweater to replace a blue one that I had recently lost.
When I pulled it out of the package, I found that it was made of lightweight fleece material which in no way resembled my other Steens sweaters. It did not lie flat at the side seam and I found that the material of the pocket interior was missized but sewn in anyway causing it to pull. Also, not enough material was provided for the width. I can easily zip shut my other Mens Small sweaters but this one would have needed four more inches of material to allow the zipper to be closed.
I checked this one against my other Steens and found that the country of manufacture had changed as had the collar tag. It is now a blue and white label, not the traditional black and white tag. It is marked "China". The tags in my other Steens are marked "Vietnam".
I can only assume that when Columbia changed its manufacturer, it also changed its quality standards. I returned the Steens sweater the same day I received it and I will never buy another one if the quality is not returned to the product.
By the way, the Amazon return process was quick and easy. It included free shipping on the product return.